Virgil Thomson - Quotes

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I look at you and I write down what I hear.

I look at you and I write down what I hear.

Let your mind alone, and see what happens.

Let your mind alone, and see what happens.

Musicians own music because music owns them. ---->>>

I said to my friends that if I was going to starve, I might as well starve where the food is good.

I said to my friends that if I was going to starve, I might as well starve where the food is good.

Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.

Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise. ---->>>

Reviewing music or reviewing anything is a writing job. It's nice if you are experienced in the field you are writing about, but writing is what you are doing. ---->>>

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down. ---->>>

I don't go around regretting things that don't happen. ---->>>

You explain how it went, and as far as you can figure out how it got that way. ---->>>

I don't care what other critics say, I only hope to be played. ---->>>

I don't have to worry No matter what they do to it, it works. ---->>>

I never learned to verbalize an abstract musical concept. No thank you. The whole point of being a serious musician is to avoid verbalization whenever you can. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: November 25, 1896
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Die: 09-30, 1989
Occupation: Composer
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Virgil Thomson (November 25, 1896 – September 30, 1989) was an American composer and critic. He was instrumental in the development of the "American Sound" in classical music. He has been described as a modernist, a neoromantic, a neoclassicist, and a composer of "an Olympian blend of humanity and detachment" whose "expressive voice was always carefully muted" until his late opera Lord Byron which, in contrast to all his previous work, exhibited an emotional content that rises to "moments of real passion" (wikipedia)